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A Reflection on the American Domination of the Film Industry: an Historical and Industrial Perspective


  • Kerrigan, F.
  • Culking, N.


This paper seeks to chart the emergence of the film market and examines the key drivers involved in the development of the industry both in America and Europe. Then it demonstrates that through a desire to both grow and protect the market the United States has become the sominant player in direct contrast to Europe which on the whole refuses to acknowledge that, in fim, there is no natural separation between commerce and art. The authors argue that until this is widepsread recognition of this Europe we will continue to lag behind their American counterparts.

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  • Kerrigan, F. & Culking, N., 1999. "A Reflection on the American Domination of the Film Industry: an Historical and Industrial Perspective," Papers 1999:15, University of Hertfordshire - Business Schoool.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:hertbu:1999:15

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    1. Helena Barnard & Krista Tuomi, 2008. "How Demand Sophistication (De-)limits Economic Upgrading: Comparing the Film Industries of South Africa and Nigeria (Nollywood)," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(6), pages 647-668.

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    JEL classification:

    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General
    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media


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